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It’s always fun to know that science verifies what one has always known.  Yes, dogs can become envious of affection lathered on another.  Even a stuffed animal can send a dog into attention envy.

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Over three quarters of the dogs were likely to push or touch the owner when they interacted with the decoy.

The envious mutts were more than three times as likely to do this for interactions with the stuffed dog compared to when their owners gave their attention to other objects including a book.

Around a third tried to get between the owner and the faux fido, while a quarter of the put-upon pooches snapped at the dummy dog.

“Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviours but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival,” said Prof Christine Harris from University of California in San Diego.

“We can’t really speak to the dogs’ subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship.”

The researchers believe that the dogs understood that the stuffed dog was real. The authors cite the fact that 86% of the dogs sniffed the toy’s rear end, during and after the experiment.

Jealousy, according to the authors, may have evolved in species that have multiple dependent young that concurrently compete for food and affection.

The argue that jealousy might give an advantage to a young animal that is not only alert to the interactions between its siblings and its parents but is motivated to intervene.

“Many people have assumed that jealousy is a social construction of human beings – or that it’s an emotion specifically tied to sexual and romantic relationships,” said Prof Harris.

“Our results challenge these ideas, showing that animals besides ourselves display strong distress whenever a rival usurps a loved one’s affection.”

The research has been published in the journal, PLOS One.

My dogs and cats most definitely own me.  🙂

Kudos to The Ingham County Animal Shelter .    What a lovely example they set for all others to follow.

…Reading Paws and has seen an “overwhelming response” from the community.  Reading Paws is a program for children between the age of 6 and 16 to read to pets in the shelter.  ICACS said in a post on Facebook that the shelter environment can be overwhelming for many pets and they have found that reading to the animals there reduces anxiety and can create a calm space.

And best of all, the shelter pets are NOT judgmental.  If you have not noticed yet, I love all animals.  They don’t criticize poor pronunciation.  They just listen.  I wish more shelters would allow these activities.

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I understand that there are will always liability issues when making these arrangements.  I also know that it is well worth it.  Children and animals go hand in hand.  Bonus is that children learn to like to read.

Click here for their sign up link to be a part of the program or call 517-676-8311.

 

 

he needed a nap.  Yes, he’s a goat.  This is not his home.

It’s nuts when your teen gets home from school and finds the family pet dog in the driveway only to find the sliding glass door shattered.  Luckily, Jennifer Keathley has a sense of humor.

Logan Keathley crept through his own house and, according to his mother, Jennifer, the first thing he noticed was the smell. He soon found the perpetrator asleep in the bathroom: a large goat.

Mom calls the local sheriff office.  Hurray, they came to the rescue…

At one point, the goat turned around and ran back into the bathroom. Eventually, the two deputies each grabbed a horn and managed to lead the goat outside and into the German Shepard’s cage.

Apparently, Big Boy had left home a week prior.  Once Mrs. Keathley posted the proverbial anyone missing some livestock on Facebook, the owner came forward.

Eventually, the goat was returned to his owner, Andrew Watkins, on New London Eastern Road. “Big Boy” had made it over three miles from home after escaping almost a week prior.

“He’s never done anything like that before,” said Watkins. “I think he was drinking too much that night. I’m really sorry it happened but there wasn’t much I could do. I wasn’t there.”

The goat was not injured and the damage was confined mostly to the back door area. The goat did urinate profusely on the first floor of the home, most likely because it is currently breeding season. The dog was not injured either.

“My house definitely smells like a goat farm,” said Keathley. “But there’s nothing you can do but laugh.”

Thank goodness Mr. Watkins carries livestock insurance!

Floyd is 3 years old male Mastiff.  He went on a very long hike and was injured.  Both he and his owner needed help.  floyd-mastiff-salt-lake-county-search-and-rescue-2-5da860b1628dd__700Tell me, who could possibly leave this massive ball of love behind?  Thankfully, Salt Lake County Search and Rescue jumped in to help.

There is nothing sadder than a child who doesn’t have coping skills because they are different.  Coping skills are something that we learn as we grow.  Each of us learns these skills in a different way, meet Jeffree.

A cat who helped pull a Coventry teenager ‘back from the brink’ following a sudden family bereavement has won a national award.

Finn Hackeson has Asperger syndrome which made it particularly difficult to process his father’s death in June 2018 leading to him becoming depressed and withdrawn.

It was eight-year-old adopted cat Jeffree who had a “life-changing effect” helping the 14-year-old to cope with his loss and at London’s Savoy, Jeffree beat hundreds of other nominees to be named National Cat of the Year 2019.

Finn’s mum, Gayle, was present to collect the award on Thursday, August 8.

She said: “I’m thrilled Jeffree has won, he’s most definitely an absolute star in our household.

“I hope that through his story more people will see what an incredible support cats can be for both children and adults with autism. Cats don’t judge, they don’t rush you to talk about your feelings and they accept people the way they are – and that really is priceless.

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Animals are phenomenal gifts of wisdom.  We just need to listen Susan’s spouse did in 2012.

When diabetic Susan Marsh-Armstrong collapsed in the bathroom last December following a hypoglycaemic attack in the middle of the night, the consequences could have been fatal. Unconscious and with her husband fast asleep in the bedroom, Susan’s life hung in the balance until puss Charley discovered her. Aware something was wrong, Charley went to the bedroom and woke Susan’s husband by tapping his face and licking his hand before leading him to the bathroom.

You never know how much love you have inside until you share it.   More kitteh heroes.

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We should all be as happy as Herbee!.  His older bestie was an instagram sensation.  Sadly, Mr. Pokee passed away earlier this year.  No worries, Herbee is still here to fill our days with smiles thanks to his owner Talitha Girnus.  Apparently, he travels the world with his owner who also photographed and documented Mr. Pokee on Instagram.

‘Amazing people from all over the world are inspired to follow our adventures especially because they love our message: Between all the serious things happening in the world ever day, Pokee and now also Herbee are here to give them a reason to smile and stay positive. 

‘Whenever people return to our page, we want to remind them to never lose faith, because the world is full of magic and not a bad place after all.’

Happiness and joy…

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This is one happy petfluencer for sure.

and let him inside.   Gotta give the guy credit where credit is due…he tried.

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